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What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
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What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
There are hundreds of saints (if not thousands) that never lived but have died for Christ. Some of them are: St. Eustace (general in Emperor Trajan’s army), St. George (dragon slayer who could pray so that God destroys pagan temples and kill its priests by fire rain and earthquakes), St. Christopher (Hercules-type guy who carried child Jesus over a dangerous river), St. Alexius Of Rome (son of a Roman senator), St. Philomena (who was so beautiful and devoted to God that emperor Diocletian killed her for not wanting to marry him), St. Catherine Of Alexandria (another one that was close to the Roman emperor who killed her because he couldn't win a debate with her and then her corpse flew in the sky to Mt. Sinai where there is a church devoted on her landing site), St. Veronica (who wiped Jesus' face and healed Emperor Tiberius with it, and is now practically depicted in every church on the Stations of the Cross, although she isn't even mentioned in the Bible), and hundreds more.

 So what does that tell us about Christians and Christianity? Does it tell us that Christians love to lie since they made up thousands of people and claimed they were real?

 Does it tell us that Christians don't care about reality? Because in spite of the Vatican admitting and removing some of them from the liturgical calendar, Christians persist to see them as inspirational and devote their lives (and churches) to fictional characters.

 Does it tell us that Christianity is an impossible set of rules, so Christians needed to invent thousands of fictional Christians who followed Christian credo because real ones are so "bad" at it?
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#2
RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
They were used as marketing tools. The christian version of Flo, out there selling divine insurance.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a battle to commence then KPLOW, I hit em with the illness of my quill, Im endowed..with certain unalienable skills....  

-ERB


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#3
RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
Many of those fictional saints were created during Medieval times because the Church wanted a saint for every day of the year.
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RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
And some were created in order to more easily subsume local polytheisms into the Christian one.  St. Brigid of Kildare fairly leaps to mind.

Boru
'A man is accepted into a church for what he believes.  He is turned out for what he knows.' - Mark Twain
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RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
Then, there's their utility in sympathetic and ritual magic.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a battle to commence then KPLOW, I hit em with the illness of my quill, Im endowed..with certain unalienable skills....  

-ERB


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RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
(November 7, 2019 at 10:51 am)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: And some were created in order to more easily subsume local polytheisms into the Christian one.  St. Brigid of Kildare fairly leaps to mind.

Boru

Christians hate pagans, but will adopt pagan practices to help convert people, or cover up older traditions.
Poe's Law: "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing."

10 Christ-like figures that predate Jesus. Link shortened to Chris ate Jesus for some reason...
http://listverse.com/2009/04/13/10-chris...ate-jesus/

Good video to watch, if you want to know how common the Jesus story really is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88GTUXvp-50

A list of biblical contradictions from the infallible word of Yahweh.
http://infidels.org/library/modern/jim_m...tions.html

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RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
Or sell their house, or make it rain, or....the list is endless. The relationship between religion and it's adherents is a two way street. Yes, the new religion influences them, but they also influence the new religion. People, generally, don't get rid of their lucky rabbits foot just because they start praying to a new god.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a battle to commence then KPLOW, I hit em with the illness of my quill, Im endowed..with certain unalienable skills....  

-ERB


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RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
I remember hearing a story at some point where christians spread their religion to some country that worshipped many gods, and it was easy primarily because the locals would just put the cross next to symbols of all the other gods they worshipped. That struck me as funny.
Poe's Law: "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing."

10 Christ-like figures that predate Jesus. Link shortened to Chris ate Jesus for some reason...
http://listverse.com/2009/04/13/10-chris...ate-jesus/

Good video to watch, if you want to know how common the Jesus story really is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88GTUXvp-50

A list of biblical contradictions from the infallible word of Yahweh.
http://infidels.org/library/modern/jim_m...tions.html

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RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
(November 7, 2019 at 9:30 am)Fake Messiah Wrote:  So what does that tell us about Christians and Christianity? 

That they invented saints the same way they invented gods?
God(s) and religions are man made and the bane of humanity. 

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RE: What do invented saints tell us about Christianity?
The audience was already there for showtime. The craftsman who built the churches often had residual beliefs and artistic inclinations surrounding them, as well. That's how green men, and other cultural analogs, ended up carved into so many walls.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a battle to commence then KPLOW, I hit em with the illness of my quill, Im endowed..with certain unalienable skills....  

-ERB


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